The recent technological leap in AI capacities can be expected to engender a transformative paradigm shift in social robotics. Multimodal AI’s will soon allow social robots to respond to human verbal commands with autonomously generated simulations of human actions. In fact, social robots can be expected to act in a context-adequate fashion and to generate novel intentions.
Multimodal AI thus represent a major step towards the longstanding vision of social roboticists to integrate robots “everywhere” into our lives, “at work and at home,” and to “personalize” robots. Multimodal AI will be a game-changer for the equally longstanding socio-cultural concerns arising with this technology: how will social robots, with their radically improved practical ad simulatory skills, affect societies and individuals: our economies, social practices, human social and intimate relations? As the margin of ‘humans-only’ competences is dwindling, how will this affect our cultural and individual self-comprehension?
We live “the robotic moment” in human cultural history where we need to determine “who we are and who we are willing to become” (Sherry Turkle)—and now we have entered a decisive phase. Many AI researchers clearly perceive the risks of generative AI. These risks amplify when AI’s embedded in social robots can act out their “hallucinations”. But risk management for social robots goes far beyond safety considerations—when artificial agents act in the physical and symbolic space of human social interactions, risk management requires expertise in analyzing the complex domain of social practices and human experiences.
The aim of the international research conference RP2024 is to address the deep and far-reaching questions raised by recent advances in AI on the basis of the required research expertise. RP2024 will bring together international researchers from all relevant disciplines, from social robotics and AI research, but especially also from Humanities and social science research in HRI (Human-Robot Interact research). The special ambition of RP2024 is to produce actionable knowledge based on professional engagement of the foundational issues—only in this fashion we can move beyond well-intentioned proclamations and address the expectable socio-cultural transformations of societies by social robotics in a responsible fashion.
RP2024 is the sixth event in the Robophilosophy Conference Series, which since 2014 has featured the world’s largest events for Humanities research in and on social robotics. Given the urgency of research-based regulations, experts on society and experts on technology need to collaborate. RP2024 challenges Humanities researchers to showcase concretely how conceptual and phenomenological research can contribute to this collaborative effort; and RP2024 challenges engineers who take their new responsibilities seriously to contribute technical facts and prospects.
RP2024 will take place in Aarhus, Denmark, from August 20-23, 2024. It will feature 10 keynotes/plenary lectures, 4 thematic tracks with round 80 research presentations, and 8-10 workshops and panels, and 10-20 posters. We invite researchers from the Humanities (and social sciences) working in and on social robotics, from HRI and social robotics, computer science, and any other academic discipline relevantly related (including art), to submit:
For thematic areas see 'CFP: Conference topics'. All submissions of research content will be anonymously reviewed; for details on submission see 'Submission Guidelines'. For climate reasons we offer remote participation; researchers from overseas may present their papers remotely, otherwise onsite personal presentation of research papers and posters is required.
All research submissions will be published as volume 6 of the Proceedings of the Robophilosophy Conference Series, IOS Press, Series Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications. In addition, Robophilosophy conferences typically engender several special issues of international journals or anthologies where extended versions of the RP2024 research papers can be published.
August 20-23, 2024
Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
(Registration will open December 1, 2024)
Students: 90 Euros
PhD students and Postdocs: 120 Euros
Researchers presenting: 150 Euros
Academic participants: 180 Euros
Participants from private sector: 250 Euros
Note: for the registration category "late registration" other fees apply. Late registration is only available for non-speaking participants. Speakers need to register by June 1, 2024.
Announcement Dec 8
Main organizers from the Research Unit for Robophilosophy, Aarhus University;
(information available after Dec. 8, 2023)